France v Scotland
Thierry Dusautoir of France and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland Getty

France and Scotland begin their 2015 Six Nations campaign at the Stade de France.

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 17:30pm (GMT) with live coverage available on BBC One and BBC One HD, with live commentary also available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on Saturday 7 February.


After winning just one game in 2014's Six Nations, Scotland take on France with the hope of ending their 16-year wait for success in Paris. Positive performances last autumn with wins over Tonga and Argentina – not to mention a wonderful effort in their narrow defeat to New Zealand – will have been ideal preparation for coach Vern Cotter in the build-up to his first taste of this competition.

The 53-year-old coach has opted to name eight Glasgow Warriors players in his starting side, including British and Irish Lion Euan Murray, who comes in ahead of London Irish prop Geoff Cross. His presence along with that of experienced scrum-half and skipper Greig Laidlaw will be pivotal to Scotland's chances of ending their hoodoo against the French, having beaten them just three times in their 20 professional meetings.

France meanwhile will have a number of new faces in their starting line up on Saturday. South Africa-born Rory Kockott is among them in a raft of changes that illustrate the depth of quality available to coach Philippe Saint-Andre. From the 22-man squad who featured in the 2011 World Cup final, only Pascal Pape, Thierry Dusautoir and Morgan Parra make the squad for Saturday, the latter taking a spot on the bench. Skipper Dusautoir is back to lead the side after missing the entire campaign last year.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Rory Kockott, 1 Alexandre Menini, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 3 Rabah Slimani, 4 Pascal Pape, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 8 Damien Chouly.

Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Loann Goujon, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Remi Lamerat.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (capt), 1 Alasdair Dickinson, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Euan Murray, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Rob Harley, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Johnnie Beattie.

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Dougie Fife.

What the coaches said

Vern Cotter: "We're feeling excited. The tight forward battle will be critical. France are a big, heavy forward pack and they anticipate they will dominate us, so our guys have got to roll their sleeves up and try to find parity in the tight exchanges, get ball and free up.

"Whatever happens I'm sure the players will acquit themselves well. They are all very proud to pull on that jersey."

Philippe Saint-Andre: "Scotland had a very good tour in November, notably beating Argentina. They nearly beat New Zealand before bowing in the last 10 minutes.

"With Glasgow and Edinburgh, they have a good generation of players and their results are good in the European Cup.

"Vern Cotter is known and has experience of French rugby. He will come with great ambition but I can assure you we also have tremendous ambition."